St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art Tours
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Named after Glasgow’s patron saint, St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art focuses on six major world religions—Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Sikhism—and the sacred art they’ve spawned. The museum is set in a reproduction of a medieval building on the site of Bishop’s Castle and features a own Zen garden.
St. Mungo Museum holds an eclectic collection of religious objects, artwork, and artifacts, from Celtic crosses and Buddha statuettes to Christian icons and Islamic prayer rugs. The exhibits, which focus on different faiths and religious communities in Glasgow and Scotland as a whole, are designed to be self-guided. Some visitors go to the museum as part of private guided tours around Glasgow, stopping at other nearby attractions such as George Square, Glasgow Cathedral, and the People’s Palace.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This award-winning museum is a must-visit for history buffs, art lovers, and theology enthusiasts.
- Free Wi-Fi is available at the museum.
- Bring a packed lunch to enjoy in the outdoor picnic area or order some food at the museum café.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is located on Castle Street in Glasgow’s Cathedral Precinct, about 5–10 minutes from High Street train station. First Bus routes 19, 19A, 38, 57, and 57A all stop near the museum, as do hop-on hop-off tour buses.
When to Get There
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, year-round. Summer weekends are busiest, with most sightseers arriving between noon and 3pm. Get there for opening or an hour or two before closing to beat the crowds.
What to See Nearby
St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art is just a stone’s throw from some of Glasgow’s other must-see historic sights. The Gothic-style Glasgow Cathedral, with its magnificent stained glass and tomb of St. Mungo, is just steps away, while the medieval Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house, is across the road.
Address: 2 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0RH, Scotland
4 Tours and Activities to Experience St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
Go Glasgow sightseeing by open-top double-decker bus on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. Discover the lively, cosmopolitan city at your own pace; listen to recorded commentary and hop off at several strategically placed stops to explore Glasgow. Bus tickets are valid for one or two consecutive calendar days.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
With just one day in Glasgow, a private tour will ensure you check off all the highlights without feeling rushed by a fixed tour itinerary. On this half-day tour, see the People’s Palace, GoMA, and the Necropolis; admire landmarks such as the Glasgow Cathedral, the Duke of Wellington statue, and Mercat Cross; and get a taste of local life as you stroll around George Square, Glasgow Green, and Buchanan street.
Explore Glasgow in style by having a luxury private chauffeur to transport you between sites. By opting for a private tour, you’ll have your driver’s undivided attention for questions, and you won’t have to wait around for other travelers. Your driver will help you save time and see many of Glasgow’s top attractions in a day. Highlights include Glasgow Cathedral, St. Mungo Museum, The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, and George Square.
Join me on this self guided audio tour through the oldest part of Glasgow. We’ll start at Glasgow Cathedral, where we’ll meet St Mungo, the city’s patron saint, and learn about Glasgow’s humble beginnings 1,500 years ago. We’ll bustle along Glasgow’s High Street next, where a small city had started to take shape 900 years later, in the 1400s. It was busy with the thousands of pilgrims who came to worship at the shrine of St Mungo. In the 1700s, there were Tobacco Lords on the High Street, and Glasgow had become “the cleanest and beautifulest and best built city in Britain,” according to one English visitor. (He did add, “London excepted,” but in Glasgow we like to forget about that.) On the way, you’ll see: A herb garden filled with medicinal plants Street art that tells the story of the city A roundabout on which stands the steeple of a building once used as a prison A greenhouse of exotic plants in the shape of an upside down ship
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art?
The best ways to experience St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art are:
- City Sightseeing Glasgow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
- Half-Day Private Glasgow Must-Sees Tour
- Glasgow Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver
- Glasgow through the ages: An audio tour discovering the city's humble beginnings
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